You can support your library by volunteering!
Volunteers help the library with many essential tasks. Library volunteers help to process and prepare the new books and materials that the library receives for use by the public! They also help to build displays, searching for missing books, keep the items on the shelves in order, and are essential during program preparation.
In order to volunteer at the library, please fill out a volunteer application and deliver it to the library. A link to a printable version of the application is included below.
Southern Pines Public Library Volunteer Policy
Anyone wishing to volunteer is required to complete a Southern Pines Public Library Volunteer Application. Volunteers must be covered by an independent insurance carrier. The Town of Southern Pines will not be held responsible for any injuries incurred as a result of volunteer services for the Town.
Volunteers must be at least 14 years old; volunteers under 18 years of age must have a parent or guardian give their consent by signing their application form.
If there are no suitable volunteer opportunities, application forms will be kept on file for a period of one year. Applicants will be called if a project is identified which matches their interests or qualifications.
Volunteers must be able to follow verbal and written instructions; must have the skills commensurate with the assigned job duties; must be willing to abide by library work rules; and must be willing to perform all work as assigned by staff.
Volunteers will work directly with the library staff members to receive training and complete projects. All volunteers will be assigned to one primary staff member to guide them in their work; however, other staff members may offer guidance to any of the volunteers.
Volunteers are selected based on their qualifications in relation to the needs of the library, and based on their ability to commit to a consistent schedule.
The library reserves the right to terminate the services of any volunteer.
Volunteers will work only during hours when adequate supervision is available. Individual work schedules and specific time commitments will be mutually arranged in advance by the volunteer and the staff.
In accordance with North Carolina General Statutes § 125-19, the library may not “disclose any library record that identifies a person as having requested or obtained specific materials, information, or services, or as otherwise having used the library…” Volunteers are not allowed access to patron records. If, in the course of performing their duties, a volunteer should become privy to information concerning materials borrowed, requests for information or materials, or online sites accessed, they must maintain the confidentiality of all library information. Volunteers may not discuss with any person for any reason the names, reading habits, or inquiries of any library user.
Volunteers are recognized by the public as representatives of the library and should conduct themselves appropriately when carrying out assignments for the library. Volunteers are expected to abide by all library rules and regulations.
Individuals are asked to wear a badge that identifies them as a volunteer while they are working at the library.